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Old 03-21-2008, 12:16 AM
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How to get more detail out of face

I have a photo that I have done the basic things I know how .. adjust levels, dirt and noise, etc.. But it always leaves the face almost completely washed out. I am hoping that somebody could give some suggestions on this picture?

http://www.hotlinkfiles.com/thumbs/s...3/scan0001.jpg
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Old 03-21-2008, 12:29 AM
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Re: How to get more detail out of face

The image is too small to give any advise. Please upload a larger image or link to a larger image.
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Old 03-21-2008, 12:30 AM
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Re: How to get more detail out of face

My apologies, the larger file is there, the link just pointed to the thumbnail Here is the larger picture:

http://www.hotlinkfiles.com/files/11...3/scan0001.jpg

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Old 03-21-2008, 12:42 AM
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Re: How to get more detail out of face

A better scan would do wonders for this picture.. If you scanned this.. I would RE-scan and turn off all automatic stuff and scan at the highest resolution
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Old 03-21-2008, 12:47 AM
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Re: How to get more detail out of face

I agree. The problem is that my scan is from my grand aunt in California who took it to Walgreens, made a photo copy and mailed it to me. I do not turn on any automatic settings for my scans as I do a pretty good job of the basics that those don't matter.

The issue is that the source I have just simply sucks I only found out that my grand aunt was alive about 1 month ago, but I plan on getting down to her place within the next year and take my scanner with me

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A better scan would do wonders for this picture.. If you scanned this.. I would RE-scan and turn off all automatic stuff and scan at the highest resolution
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Old 03-21-2008, 12:48 AM
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Re: How to get more detail out of face

what does the original un-edited photo look like can you post that.
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Old 03-21-2008, 01:02 AM
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Re: How to get more detail out of face

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what does the original un-edited photo look like can you post that.
Here it is in all of its washed out gory
http://www.hotlinkfiles.com/files/11...johnarthur.jpg
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Old 03-21-2008, 02:50 AM
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Re: How to get more detail out of face

Here is my try..
duped the original and made about 6 multiple layers to darken uniform
threw in a couple gradient masks from top down to even things out a bit
made a HDR from the original and tone mapped it very dark just looking at face
combined and masked tone mapped face to show through
Desaturated
Polaroid dust and scratch remover twice (once for white and once for dark)
ran through Imagenomic Noiseware at default with some minor corrections
Photoshop dust and scratch with a hide all mask and with small brush went over the remaining spots to remove them
posted here
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Old 03-21-2008, 04:51 AM
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Re: How to get more detail out of face

Just tried to burn a little shading into face... unfortunately i'm no artist!
Tried a colourised version as well.
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Old 03-21-2008, 05:25 AM
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Re: How to get more detail out of face

The face is blown out in many places so there is no option outside of creating a blank layer and brushing in a light color of your choice, or maybe burning as suggested, but nothing will create any detail in the face which I think is the biggest issue here. The overall image can be improved pretty quickly by replacing the weaker channel with the stronger channel but again there's no detail to be had in this image in parts of the face.
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